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In one of the most surefire signs of the incoming winter, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced crews will be closing State Route 20 (North Cascades Highway) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 30.

It’s no secret the glaciers and the alpine environment are changing, yet despite extensive media coverage, it remains an issue that’s tough to fully comprehend. Those who are lucky enough to live in the shadow of big, glaciated mountains can only see so much change from down below. From Bellingham, it’s easy to spot the difference in Mt. Baker’s soft, snowy winter coat and its rocky summer skeleton, but it’s hard to notice how increasingly famished it become each summer.

If there’s one person who can illustrate the tumultuous history of the initial incorporation of the park, the inception of its caretaker, North Cascades Institute, and the ongoing efforts to educate and share the pristine wilderness with all, it would be John C. Miles.

Mt. Baker Highway reopens for traffic, NPS considers reintroduction of grizzly bears to North Cascades National Park, and other news from around the PNW.

By MBE Staff Washington State Department of Transportation courtesy photo The gates at milepost 54 on State Route 542 (otherwise known as Mt. Baker Highway) were officially closed for winter on the …

Maritime communities receive new support networks through Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Mikayla Evans of Seafood Connection in Westport, WA loads a 50-gallon pail with tuna so they can …

Past, present, and future come together on Lummi Island in the practice of reefnetting. Photo by Travis Moose. Story by Erin Deinzer. Photos by Travis Moose. Historical photos courtesy Washington …

COVER: A waterfall hundreds of feet high, full of stair-stepped drops, born on high snowfields and alp slopes, presents Jenny Abegg with a view to ogle over while fording. Photo by Jason Hummel. Fall …

"The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." - Williams B. Yeats Courtesy Holly Koon By Luca Williams Photos courtesy Holly Koon Watching Holly Koon hike down …

Courtesy Britt Coy, North Cascades Institute By Nolan Baker Photos courtesy North Cascades Institute, Northwest Incident Management Team, & North Cascades National Park In the early morning hours …

Tara Simpson on the Ptarmigan Traverse. Jason Hummel photo Kayakers enjoy an early summer sunset off the shore of Larrabee State Park. Audra Lee Mercille photo Pete Devries on the beach corner, …

The inlets near Seward, Alaska, which admirably depicts the beautiful surroundings while fishing for silver salmon. Janessa Anderson photo Angling in southern Alaska during late summer coho abundance …

The writer, Eric Lucas, swims in a pond at Owl Feather Farm near his home on San Juan Island. Photo courtesy Eric Lucas Clearing psychic debris in open water By Eric Lucas My 2-year-old Weimaraner, …

Channel Islands National Park. Matt Treat photo By Ian Haupt M att Treat is halfway to his goal of visiting every U.S. national park. During the pandemic, Treat said — like most people — he …

By Meg Olson Campfire Stories: Volumes I and II Dave Kyu and Ilyssa Kyu Mountaineers Books This collection of writings that celebrates America’s national parks and trails was born of a spontaneous …

Karl Krüger takes a selfie in front of an iceberg in the Arctic. Karl Kr üger photo By Ian Haupt L ast summer, Karl Krüger sat in Paulatuk at ease. Krüger had set off from Tuktoyaktuk, bound for …

The Diablo Dam, part of the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project, from Diablo Lake. Courtesy photo Seattle City Light and North Cascades Institute have partnered to bring back the Skagit Tours program …

From l.: Recreation Northwest executive director Todd Elsworth, Bellingham Parks director Nicole Oliver and Bellingham mayor Seth Fleetwood at a small ribbon cutting for the native plant garden in …

Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park. Tony Moceri photo By Tony Moceri For those of you who have forgotten how lucky we are to live in our corner of the world, let me remind you. Our access to …

reviews by Meg Olson Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry Edited by Elizabeth Bradfield, CMarie Fuhrman and Derek Sheffield Mountaineers Books My great-grandfather told my mother that it was …

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